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Community facilities in West Wales benefit from ‘crucial’ additional funds to meet rising costs

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Community facilities in West Wales are set to benefit from ‘crucial’ additional Welsh Government funding enabling them to complete refurbishment works.

The projects had struggled to stay within their original budgets due to rising costs of building supplies.

In total fifteen projects across Wales are receiving funding totalling £467,000 in this round of the Community Facilities Programme. This included £164,000 towards ten smaller projects, all receiving under £25,000 grants.

More than £303,000 will also go towards additional funding for five larger projects.

Small amounts of grant funding can provide a big change for community facilities.

The programme funds the purchase and improvement of facilities which provide opportunities for local people to improve their day to day lives.

Three of the projects are based in West Wales.

The smaller projects include £13,000 towards making a woodland space at Bluegreen Cymru in Teifi Woods, Pembrokeshire more accessible all year round through new paths, a log burner and a covered area;

The larger projects include £50,000 for Aberporth Village Hall in Ceredigion towards rebuilding one property and modernising and refurbishing an adjoining building to include the updating of the kitchen, toilets, improve disabled accessibility plus increase energy efficiency, as well as £50,000 towards new windows to make the building more sustainable for energy costs at New Life Church in Cardigan, Ceredigion.

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt said: “This additional funding is crucial to allow these larger projects to be completed so they can benefit communities across Wales.

“Due to rising costs for materials they have seen their budgets squeezed as they neared completion. They wouldn’t have been able to carry out essential works like roof repairs, new windows and energy saving improvements if it wasn’t for our Community Facilities Programme.

“I hope everyone gets to enjoy these community facilities once they are finished and look forward to hearing about their progress.”

Sue Lewis, the leading project officer on Aberporth Village Hall in Ceredigion, where work includes rebuilding one property and modernising and refurbishing an adjoining building, said they were hoping to be finished in time for Christmas next year.

“This funding has basically made the difference between the project happening or not,” she said.

“It’s going to completely transform our community. When it’s finished we will have this focal point in the village. It will be a warm and welcoming community hub that everyone can use.”

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Caption: Trustees, funders and builders Jameson as work starts on Aberporth Village Hall

Clyde Thomas, Lead Pastor at Victory Church in Cwmbran, said: "The funding provided will allow us to upgrade our front of house space, creating a great place to work, play and keep warm and fed.

“With times becoming increasingly more challenging for many local families, the church seeks to be a valuable communal connection point offering hope and help to all.” 

The Community Facilities Programme funds projects up to £300,000 for building purchases or larger refurbishment projects and up to £25,000 for smaller projects.

More information about the community projects here

The smaller projects include:

  • Bridgend Lifesavers Credit Union, Bridgend, £24,500 to renovate and refurbish their newly purchased building located in the centre of Bridgend. This will help them to provide services for the whole community.
  • Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Maesycwmmer, £25,000 to repair their roof and to build an extension to include a kitchen and meeting rooms.
  • Prestatyn Men’s Shed, Denbighshire, £9,836 to install solar panels and insulate their conservatory.
  • Brighter Futures, Rhyl, Denbighshire, £17,870 to build an extension to the workshop and make energy saving improvements such as insulation, new windows, underfloor heating and add solar panels to their existing system.
  • Newport Sea Cadets, Newport £18,220 for the reconfiguring of the toilet and shower area to provide an additional accessible toilet and shower.
  • Bluegreen Cymru, Teifi Woods, Pembrokeshire £13,000 to make their woodland space more accessible all year round. The project will make physical adaptations and improve the infrastructure including new paths, building two log sheds, installing solar panels and providing a covered area for family use during bad weather. 
  • St Thomas Church Hall Clydach Vale, RCT £20,000 to make urgent repairs to the roof to prevent water ingress.
  • Pontnewydd Community Association, Torfaen £25,000 to make the internal and external areas of the building safe to include new floors, boundary walls, fencing and upgrade the lighting.
  • Victory Church, Cwmbran, Torfaen £11,000 to upgrade their kitchen, re-floor the front of house area and upgrade the Ark play space to create a warm hub during the winter months.

The larger projects include:

  • Aberporth Village Hall, Ceredigion £50,000 rebuilding one property and modernising and refurbishing an adjoining building to include the updating of the kitchen, toilets, improve disabled accessibility plus increase energy efficiency. Due to the rise in costs, they are seeking additional funds. 
  • New Life Church, Cardigan, Ceredigion £50,000 to purchase the building and refurbish it to include a new kitchen, community meeting area and family activity centre. They are asking for additional funds to complete the installation of new windows to ensure the building is more sustainable for energy costs
  • Tabernacl Bethesda Gwynedd £50,000 asked for funding towards the cost of improving sound insulation and bringing outbuildings at the rear of the main hall into use as flexible space for music, dance and arts workshops. They are now asking for additional funds due to the rise in costs.
  • Hirwaun YMCA, RCT £87,100 to completely refurbish the Chapel and create a community hub and aging well centre. They are requesting additional funds due to the increase in costs of materials to finish off part of the project and install new windows which will make the project more energy efficient. 
  • Welsh Islamic Cultural Association, Sketty, Swansea £50,000 have received funding towards the cost of renovating a recently purchased building to create new classrooms.